Saint Hugh of Grenoble

detail of a portrait of Saint Hugh of Grenoble by an anonymous painter, c.1525; London National Gallery, London, England; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Hugh of Châteauneuf



Son of a soldier named Odilo, a man known for his Christian life, and who later became a Cistercian monk; his mother was known for her life of prayer and alms-giving. Uncle of Saint Hugh of Bonnevaux. Hugh was an exceptionally good student as a child. Canon in the cathedral of Valence, France at age 25. Bishop of Grenoble, France in 1080 at age 27, consecrated by Pope Gregory VII; he served there for 52 years. He went to Grenoble as a reformer, but after two years, convinced that he had not improved the lives or the holiness of his clergy, he resigned and retired to become a Benedictine monk at Chaise-Dieu in Auvergne, France; after a year of this, Pope Gregory ordered him back to Grenoble. This time his work and his example paid off – large crowds attended his preaching, his clergy brought new zeal to their ministry, the poor were cared for, and religious life had a new start in his diocese. He gave land to Saint Bruno for La Grande Chartruse abbey, and helped him found the Carthusians. Gave both his mother and his 100 year old father their Last Rites. A frequent sufferer of head pain and headaches, which led to his patronage of the problem.






  • carrying a lantern
  • one of a group of seven stars, representing the founders of the Carthusians
  • with Saint Bruno
  • with three flowers in his hand

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Hugh of Grenoble“. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 April 2021. Web. 23 October 2021. <>